Monthly Archives: December 2020

Veteran and Military Affairs employee recognized by U.S. Rep. Slotkin

Katie Simpson, the lead support employee for the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, recently received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin. The certificate honors Katie’s extraordinary efforts with our veterans and dependent students who use VA benefits.

Katie has worked at LCC since November 2016, and is a valued and integral member of the team. She recently took on the responsibility of LCC’s primary School Certifying Official, and her hard work and attention to detail has been critical to ensuring our VA students receive the benefits they deserve and find success at LCC.

Thank you, Katie, and congratulations! The LCC community is proud of your achievement.

Photography Portfolio exhibition available on Facebook

The Photography Program normally presents a portfolio exhibition to showcase graduating students’ accomplishments. That wasn’t possible this year, so instead, the Photography Portfolio has gone virtual.

All the graduates have made websites of their best work, just as they would with a hanging show. Portfolios may be viewed at LCC Photography on Facebook.

Please enjoy and see what great photographers these students have become!

A photograph by a Photography Program graduate.

New Healthy Conversations available in January

Join us for the January edition of Healthy Conversations. These presentations, put together by Experience #Starpower and Human Resources Organizational Development, will be ongoing and different each week.
The goal of these short discussions is to offer information and support to all employees on a variety of topics. There will even be Q&A time so you can ask specific questions of our subject-matter experts.
Navigating Relationships on Interstate COVID-19
Presented by Monica Del Castillo

  • 10-10:45 a.m. Jan. 19
  • 1-1:45 p.m. Jan. 19
  • 3-3:45 p.m. Jan. 20

Communicating with Sign
Presented by Josie Sebastian

  • 10-10:30 a.m. Jan. 26
  • 1-1:30 p.m. Jan. 27
  • 4-4:30 p.m. Jan. 28

Register for these sessions via the TMS. You will receive a confirmation and invitation to attend the WebEx meeting shortly before your session begins.

Massage Clinic will reopen in January for students and employees only

Great news for fans of the LCC Massage Clinic – the clinic will be open for spring 2021 semester! It will be open to LCC students and employees ONLY beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, and running through March 3, 2021. Those dates are subject to change based on MDHHS epidemic orders. 

Some important things to note:

  • Sessions are free of charge this semester.
  • Appointments are open only to current LCC students or employees. This does NOT include their family members or general members of the community.
  • Appointments can be made online.
  • Sixty-minute massages will be offered at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings.
  • Wednesday evening appointments will include 15-minute assessments and 60 minutes of massage. Appointment times are 6 and 8 p.m.
  • Every client must sign the one-time COVID-19 liability waiver.
  • Every client must pass the online daily health screening before coming to campus.
  • Every client must wear a mask for the entire appointment.

We hope to see you!

Coming January 2021 to a TMS transcript near you!

Emergency Evacuation

Estimated time: 3 minutes
Assigned to all employees: Jan. 4, 2021

This course is designed to provide overall FERPA information to all LCC employees.
Estimated time: 30 minutes
Assigned to all employees: Jan. 11, 2021

Return to Campus Orientation
All LCC employees are required by Michigan Executive Order to complete training about health and safety requirements and procedures implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. All employees will be assigned this training and it does NOT mean you have been approved or are expected to return to campus. Please continue to work remotely unless you have been assigned and approved to work in a face-to-face capacity. The information contained in this course has been updated.
Estimated time: 30 minutes
Assigned to all employees: TBD

Title IX & Sexual Misconduct Training – Update
You may have noticed that the Title IX training was not assigned in November. Due to changes in Title IX rules, this training course is being updated. A new announcement will be made when it’s ready. Stay tuned!

For the full 2020-2021 TMS Learning Plan schedule, refer to the homepage of the Talent Management System.

Unsolved mysteries of the LCC Archives

No matter how short or long your time at LCC has been, we’re hoping you’ll reach into your memory banks and share with us what you know about the image below. Any bit of information about the image is helpful, including the location, the event, a person or a random story related to it.
Send information, including the image number, to Linnea Knapp, Records Information Specialist,, and perhaps you can help solve a mystery. Learn more about the LCC Archives and learn what mysteries have been solved about images previously featured in The Star.

IMG #038 – Group with a check

IMG #038 - Group with a check

What about benefits? Benefits deduction update

Pay period 1 benefits deduction changes
LCC’s Payroll Department recently announced pay period 1 of 2021 will actually be issued Dec. 31, 2020, instead of Jan. 1, 2021, due to the holiday. Since that paycheck is now being issued as the third in December, no medical, dental or vision premium deductions will be taken out. 

Benefits open enrollment changes
With the change of paycheck date for pay period 1, those employees who made benefits changes during open enrollment in November will see any applicable deduction changes effective on pay period 2 (check date Jan. 15, 2021).

Please contact Mara Fisher at with any questions.

A round of Applause! for Sue Muma

This week, we’re applauding Sue Muma, the associate dean of the Center for Student Support.

Sue is retiring at the end of the year after nine years at LCC. She has been in her current role since fall 2015, and prior to that, she was a Human Resources manager in Labor Relations and Organizational Development. Before coming to LCC, she had a 24-year career at the City of Flint working as a probation officer and in Human Resources and Labor Relations. Sue and her husband, Charlie, are retiring and look forward to spending time with their family and friends, enjoying time at their cabin, and traveling. Sue has made many contributions to the college, and will be greatly missed by her staff and the LCC community.

“Sue Muma has been a true champion for staff and students as the leader for the Center for Student Support,” Louise Rabidoux wrote in the Applause! award. “She has worked tirelessly to advocate for the needs of our students and colleagues. While working remotely, she has continued to foster a cohesive team environment. We will miss her leadership when she retires. Thank you!”

This regular “Applause!” column features the good work you and your colleagues do around the college. It’s powered by Applause! Awards, an LCC-wide program designed to recognize you for providing excellent customer service. Know someone who deserves to be featured here? All awards are given by employees, to employees, and everyone is eligible.